Would it be against the law for GCHQ to tap Donald Trump's phones?


Donald Trump in Reno, Nevada. Darron Birgenheier

Not according to Javier Ruiz of the Open Rights Group, a UK-based digital rights campaign. "There is nothing in UK law to stop GCHQ from conducting targeted interception of President Trump's communications before he became President – or even now," he told the Daily Telegraph.

That was disputed by Dominic Grieve QC, chairman of the UK Parliament's Intelligence and Security committee, who said long-standing agreements between three UK, US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, meant that they could not ask each other to target each other's citizens or circumvent their own legal constraints.

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